Tagged under "bitch" (7)
|B is for Brilliant: B-TEC & blakbushe play Mercury Lounge|
Oh how I heart New York City- especially when it delivers my favorite rock folkie’s brilliance and band to its stages.
Since I became a fan in 2005, I have seen Bitch and her band the Exciting Conclusion (also known as B-TEC) play every time they are in the NYC vicinity. After umpteen shows, Bitch and TEC have yet to disappoint. B-TEC never fails to amaze their fans and rock my (musical) world. Their show at the Mercury Lounge in NYC December 6th was no different.
Surrounded by an undeniably queer (and queer-friendly) crowd of family, friends, and fans, the Mercury Lounge Saturday night started up with an awesome act known as Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe and ended with B-TEC bringing their signature sass and soul to the stage. Together these two bands brought the funk, soul, and art-rock that had every queer in the house going crazy.
Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe opened the show with their funk punk soul folk sound. Queer and black and oh so proud, this band voiced their punk politics with such key anthems as “I am American” and “blaK girls”. Nicole’s voice and band are pure dynamite. If George Clinton, Beyonce, and Me’ shell Ndegeocello had a threesome and birthed a band Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe would be it. They definitely prepped the crowd for the humongous-ness that is Bitch & The Exciting Conclusion.
Dread-free and sporting a rockin’ new ‘do, Bitch and the band played old favorites, hits from their EP “B-TEC”, and debuted some new songs from their upcoming album. Bitch & TEC swayed the room with such heartbreaking ballads as “Lost You” and “Highway” and wowed the crowd with spirited songs like “1/2 Naked”, “Left Lane”, “Cat’s Kills” “Bullet”, and an awesome acoustic version of the Bee Gees’ classic “Staying Alive”. With an attitude that was part explosive, wildly witty, and a hint bittersweet, Bitch commanded the stage with her feral antics and no-holds-barred point-of-view on (unrequited) love, art, politics, and social revolution.
Whether with ukulele or violin, Bitch lets you know exactly what’s on her mind and ultimately in your heart. As Shelley Nicole said herself, “Bitch is a force to be reckoned with”. Gabe K. on bass and vocals is hearing Zen manifest itself, and Lee Free drums like her hands are on fire. Together, The Exciting Conclusion augments the grander and glory of Bitch’s lyrical poetry performance with minimalist riffs and fiery drumming.
If you have never seen Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe or Bitch & The Exciting Conclusion perform live, then you are truly missing out on two very magical, musical moments. A B-TEC show in particular is a tribal experience, a meeting of alternative, revolutionary minds, a moment in time when we turn together as queer counterparts in Bitch’s musical orbit.
Capital B (as Bitch’s friends/fans lovingly refer to her) is indeed, a force of nature, and she and TEC left the Mercury Lounge in a whirlwind of ecstasy, a tornado of catharsis, an eruption of movement, laughter, and light last Saturday night.
The band returns to NYC in January, playing Housing Works Café on 126 Crosby Street in good old NYC. Come experience B-TEC’s brilliance for yourself. See you there!
Tagged on January 6, 2009
|A "Boulder" of an Album: How Bitch Brought Ferron’s Groove Back|
Most of this new queer generation has never heard of Ferron. I had never heard of Ferron until Bitch announced that she was producing a record of her classics and recording it in her RV (parked outside Ferron’s backyard in the Michigan woods). Not even Bitch knew of Ferron’s music until Ani Di Franco introduced her to the legend a few years ago. Ultimately, Bitch took it upon herself to re-introduce Ferron to today’s queer youth. From there, Boulder was born, becoming the musical highlight of this crazy, hazy summer.
Watching Bitch and Ferron perform together at the Boulder CD release show at the Highline Ballroom back in May reminded me how far women have come on the queer musical spectrum. Ferron went from being a homeless teen to famed Canadian folkie to beloved dykon. Bitch created her career as indie artist/ poet almost ten years ago, from being the witchy ½ of Bitch & Animal to fronting new band The Exciting Conclusion to starting her own record label (Short Story Records). After the show, I watched in awe as Bitch and Ferron loved their fans- shaking hands, hugging tightly, laughing loudly, and smiling widely. What stood before me were not rockstar dyke divas, but magical, musical poet womyn with a melodious message: "change will come, and it's going to start with a song". That spark of healing and revolution is especially heard in Bitch’s production of Boulder.
Boulder is breathtaking and heartbreaking. Not breathtaking in the way straight girls clutch at their hearts while watching The Notebook, but in an “I’m part of something bigger than me, than we” breathtaking. Not heartbreaking as in sorrow or unrequited love pain, but in a nostalgic sense of our struggles as sisters, daughters, friends, and lovers. As classic as these songs are (they range from 1976- 2004), Bitch’s new dimension of sound breathed new life into them. Ferron’s signature soulful voice with Bitch’s back-up vocals, violin/viola/ cello/bass playing, and contributions from Ani Di Franco, Samantha Parton, JD Samson, and the Indigo Girls make Boulder nothing short of a Sapphic symphony.
Ferron’s old songs (re)sung on Boulder sound remarkable and relevant, so here and so now. How can I describe it better than this, well enough to do it the justice it deserves? Listening to Boulder is listening to a stone butch grandmother tell the story of her life, your life, your girlfriend’s life, around campfire. It is being on a musical mountaintop and taking the deepest breath ever. It is the revolution Emma Goldman would have danced to. Boulder is elder wisdom, torch in the dark, feminist manifesto, soulful sanctuary, faced demons, re-memory, and queer romance wrapped up in an album of 12 amazing tracks. From such poetic gems as “Souvenir" to “Girl on a Road” to “In the Meantime” , there is a longing that stirs inside the listener’s ear and heart, recalls a time in all our lives when we were whole, broken, seeking, and finding. In short, Boulder is a testament to life and loss, and the little bits of love we encounter in between. It is Ferron’s best album to date, and Bitch’s masterpiece yet.
"If music be a boulder, let me carry it a long while.” Thank goddess Bitch helped carry the load by bringing Ferron’s groove back. With Boulder, Bitch (re)introduced an important dykon elder/music legend to today’s queer youth, reminding us all how far we’ve come since Stonewall, since heterosexual male-dominated music ruled the charts. In producing her idol’s new album, Bitch reinforced the need to honor the foremothers that have paved the road for us and soundtracked our herstory along the way. Bitch and Ferron’s dynamic (onstage, off, an on Boulder) shows not only how song and shared politics bridge an age gap, but how music is the universal language of understanding- and how beautiful their understanding is. Their art is a gift that keeps giving- and what a present Bitch and Ferron delivered with Boulder.
To check out all things Bitch, visit www.bitchmusic.com / www.myspace.com/bitchmusic
To become a B+TEC fan: www.myspace.com/bitchtecfans
To order a copy of Boulder: www.shortstory.com
To check out more on Ferron: www.ferrononline.com
Tagged on August 21, 2008
|Artists We Love: Checking In|
We check in with the chicks with picks and dykes with mics who've played loud and made us proud over the years
Tagged on July 10, 2008
|Artists We Love: Checking In|
Did you really think we'd leave Melissa, Ani and KD out of the Music Issue? In the following pages we catch up on dozens of dykes with mics (and the dyke-friendly) who've played loud and made us proud over the years
Tagged on July 10, 2008
|100 WOMEN WE LOVE 2008|
Hats off to the 100 Women We Love, class of 2008 (in no particular order, 'cause we love 'em all!).
Tagged on July 9, 2008